It is just a week into the St. Louis Cardinals regular season and the preseason's biggest concern — the starting rotation — carries the least amount of scar tissue. Far be it from me to call Carlos Martinez's Sunday start impressive or even decent, but the starters overall are doing their job very well; their work is simply being wasted by chilly hitting and a basic lack of fundamentals. As I sip a cup of evening coffee and listen to the sounds of a quiet Mardel Street tamper down, let's pop the hood and take this team's temperature.
After battling the defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs in an even-keeled opening series, the Cardinals fell flat against the far lesser Cincinnati Reds over the weekend. Bunched around a Saturday slugfest were two light-hitting, erratic games that raised concerns for the foreseeable future. Chief among them is the lethargic offense that couldn't scratch Amir Garrett or Scott Feldman, who are not television actors, but actually real Major League starting pitchers who managed to shut the Birds down.